The Madras High Court on Thursday directed non-minority private educational institutions in Tamil Nadu to follow the rule of reservation in admissions to professional courses under management quota.
However, minority institutions need not follow the reservation policy under management quota, Justice K Raviraja Pandian ruled while disposing of a petition filed by the Consortium of Professional, Arts and Sciences Colleges.
Settling an issue of admission procedure, the court said the single window system (SWS) for admission to professional courses need not be followed for management quota seats in both minority and non-minority educational institutions.
The SWS has been prevalent in the state for many years, under which all available seats in professional colleges are pooled together and allocated to successful applicants.
According to a Supreme Court judgement last year in the Inamdar case, there ought to be no government quota in self-financing colleges.
However, after discussions with the state government, the managements of these institutions worked out a formula by which non-minority colleges would surrender 65 per cent of their seats to the government, while minority institutions pledged 50 per cent to the government.
Thus, 35 per cent of seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent of seats in minority institutions would constitute a 'management quota'.
Stating that 'inter se' merit alone would be the criterion for admissions into educational institutions, he held that the Consortium could conduct its own entrance test for selection of students to management quota, or utilise the results of any other entrance exam conducted by state institutions like the Anna University in Tamil Nadu, or the All Indian Engineering Entrance Test.
The Judge also permitted the Consortium to conduct entrance tests in other states, too.